IN NORWAY: David Irving was followed by SOS
Rasisme during the journey to and from Norway
and met by demonstrations when he was to attend
the TV2 program
Wednesday, May 26, 2009
for Norwegian text]
on the plane: SOS Rasisme spied on David
NETT) -- The anti-racist
organisation sent a "detective" to London to
trail the controversial historian.
Congratulations to our own Miss Detective,
Margit Drew, which must be the new code
name. That we have a special agent on the plane
with David Irving shows the
organisation's strength - organisational and
financial. This was decisive for whether we
should rely on the tip of his flight, said the
leader of SOS Racism, Trond
Torbjørnsen, (left) in an internal
e-mail to which VG Nett has gained access.
SOS Rasisme followed the controversial
on his visit to Oslo. Anti-racists demonstrated
when he arrived in the country and the way in
and out of the debate program Tabloid.
YOU HAVE TIPS ABOUT THIS?
SOS Rasisme confirms
Above VG Nett confirms what
Torbjørnsen said in the email.
- It is true that we had a person on the
plane with David Irving. We received tips that
he would be on this plane, but were uncertain
whether this was the case. The day before, we
had we been fooled into believing that Irving
was already in Norway, but we wanted to be
completely sure before we went out and made a
racket at Oslo's Gardermoen airport.
- Do you think your mobilisation is in proper
proportion to David Irving's visit?
- It was incredibly important for us to make
it clear that Nazism is not welcome in Norway.
That, I think, we made very clear.
For David Irving, it did not come as a shock
when VG Nett told him that he had been followed
to and from London.
- I'm not surprised. My assistant noticed a
young woman who boarded the plane from London to
Oslo and she was on the same plane on the way
back fourteen hours later, says the
controversial historian on the phone to VG
Irving says that this person even followed
his assistant into the toilet when they were
waiting for baggage at Gardermoen.
-The police told me that the left wing in
Norway is extremely well-organised. One might
speculate on where these organisations get their
SOS Rasisme implemented a comprehensive
text-message campaign in which 4,500 members of
SOS Rasisme were notified that Irving was
arriving in Norway.
- We had to mobilise and ensure that we had
enough people throughout the week. At this time
we did not know that he came only to leave so
early. Fortunately we got to use the whole week
on him. But I think it is correct when you are
engaged in a campaign that you make it
- But it appears that SOS Rasisme has been
performing detective work. Is there some
organisation behind it?
- We received many tips, and many conflicting
tips. And then we have to sort out what is true,
rather like a form of detective work. But we've
tried to be careful not to make plans for things
we don't have good reason to believe. For
example, we have not charter any buses to
Lillehammer, in reference to the protest against
Irving's planned visit to the city.
The organisation SOS Rasisme has previously
been in the spotlight. In Dagens
Næringsliv in 2006 it promoted claims
that the organisation is controlled by a small
group linked to the Maoist Tjen
ARRESTED - demonstrators again met David Irving
when he left TV2's studio in Oslo. The police
attempted to block the street for the
demonstrators, photographers and cars so Irving
could get out of the area.
note on the Tjen Folket: Tjen Folket is a
Norwegian political group that describes itself
as Maoist and which critics call Stalinist. They
give clear support to Marx, Engels, Lenin,
Stalin, and Mao. The group believes that
democratic government in Norway today is a form
of "nonsocialist dictatorship" and wants to
replace it with a class-free society. They have
a youth organisation called the Revolutionary